Tuesday May 9, 2017 Witness

John came as a witness to testify concerning that light, so that through him all might believe.  John 1:7

We all have watched enough court drama on TV and in movies to know the importance of witnesses.  If someone is credible: they have good eyesight, they have a good reputation of being truthful, they present the facts in a clear and concise manner… the jury is swayed and believes that their testimony is true.  John gave such a witness as did the early believers who were spread by the persecution and death of Stephen.  Many fled to escape death but what happened was that the faith was spread as far as Antioch, Phoenicia and Cyprus.  The Jews thought they were quashing this new WAY but instead they spread the witnesses far and wide.

Each of Christ’s family is called to be witnesses.  Jesus used salt and light to describe how He wanted those who would be His own to be in the world.  Salt is used to preserve and flavor.  Light helps to make things clear by removing the darkness.  With both clearly a part of who I am as a Christian I can be a fearless witness of God’s Son who came to set the world free.  When you think about the churches being formed in Greece and ports like Ephesus because they were big places far from Jerusalem by simple men and women, I feel emboldened to be a witness myself.

Bible teacher Henry Morris says we are “expected to bring the salt of preservation and joy to a bland, tasteless, and otherwise decaying world, and the light of salvation to a dark, sinful world.”  It is the part Jesus asked me to play.  Am I ready to be called into the courtroom of the world?  Jesus wants more than spectators in this courtroom… He asks for witnesses to sway the judgement!

Lord, give me the courage to be a witness each day of Your love.  Help me to always reflect Your light and truth! 

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